MARK’S ARTICLES

Grace in the Eye of the Storm

By Mark Rodgers Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out We're stressed out - 21 Pilots...

The Art of Religion and Politics

By Mark Rodgers As Linus said in a Peanuts comic strip in 1961,  “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people...religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Much has been discussed about Meryl Streep's comments at the Globes and there will...

“Silence” Opens in Theatres!

It was six years ago that I learned about Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence, a story about the persecution of Christian converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring an apostate colleague back to faith, and the question of...

Our Journey Through “Silence”

Six years ago the associate pastor at our church, Nace Lanier, alerted me to Shusako Endo’s masterpiece Silence about the persecution of Christians converts in Japan in the early 17th c., the journey of two priests who travel to bring back to faith an apostate...

The Chi of IoT

By Mark Rodgers In late October I took a last minute, unplanned trip to China to speak to their national conference regarding the Internet of Things, which is a term that describes all of the devices that are connected to the Internet.   Following is the address I...

Can Film Inform Our Politics?

By Mark Rodgers The Clapham Group is founded, in part, on the understanding that culture is upstream of politics.  As a Christian, I have a set of convictions that inform my politics (see Andy Crouch's excellent piece in Christianity Today on the Presidential race),...

Comic-Con Part 2

By Mark Rodgers Walking through Comic-Con in San Diego last month was like walking through the streets in Athens with the Apostle Paul. Myth stories were told in every book, displayed on every table, discussed in every panel and worn almost on every person.   ...

Comic-Con Upstream of the Conventions

By Mark Rodgers Malia Obama and I have at least one thing in common, we both agree that culture is upstream of politics. I have attended the last five Republican conventions, but this time opted for San Diego Comic-Con. She decided on Lollapalooza.  Dare I suggest...

Tim McGraw and Religious Tolerance

Some religions teach that there are many paths to God, and some teach that their path is the only way.  America has modeled unprecedented tolerance for religious faiths, no matter what they believe.  But this is no longer a given. My friend, Mark McKinnon, said that...

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Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Policy Report

By Branden Polk On October 24, 2017, the Annie E. Casey Foundation gathered child advocates to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. for the launch of its latest KIDS COUNT policy report. This report provides dependable data along with best...

The Reality and Defeat of Evil

By Mark Rodgers "I divide evil two ways: there's inside evil and there's outside evil. Those kids, they're the only ones who are still able to believe in monsters. You have to have faith and you have to believe that good is going to triumph over evil." -- Stephen...

The Hunting Accident

Several years ago I helped host a conference that included a conversation on graphic novels.  I got a call from an irate person questioning why we would allow a discussion on obscenity.  It took a little explaining to walk her off the ledge.  They are just really long...

Jack “The King” Kirby: Questions and The Quest

By Mark Rodgers We all have those childhood memories that warm our souls. Mine was walking to 7-Eleven on Sunday morning a few blocks from our church between the service and Sunday school to get a Slurpee and a .20 cent comic book. A comic book illustrated by Jack...

Fighting Fear with Funny

by Mark Rodgers There is nothing funny about racism or anti-Semitism.  About fascism.  About white supremacists, neo-Nazis or anarchists. After watching the Vice/HBO video on Charlottesville I had to check my initial reaction, which was very Old Testament; an eye for...

Suicide or Self-Sacrifice?

by Mark Rodgers Come join the murder  Come fly with black We'll give you freedom From the human trap Come join the murder Soar on my wings You'll touch the hand of God And He'll make you king "Come Join The Murder" by The White Buffalo In the finale of Sons of...

Modern Myths: Creation Matters

by Mark Rodgers In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was...

American Gods and Stubborn Myths

by Mark Rodgers "I'm the idiot box. I'm the TV. I'm the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I'm the boob tube. I'm the little shrine the family gathers to adore.' 'You're the television? Or someone in the television?' 'The TV's the altar. I'm what people...

We Moved!

We recently moved our office. We are now conveniently located across from the Springfield Mall and in close proximity to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station (Blue Line). Our new address is: The Clapham Group 6551 Loisdale Court, Suite 330 Springfield, VA 22150...

Facing the Challenges of Our Own Age

By T. Allen Bethel, Jan Elfers, Steve Moore, Wajdi Said and Alexander K. Sample On December 3, 1956, a year after the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott began, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. returned to the building where the boycott had been organized -- the Holt Street...